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Contents


HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows
Built-in Tools
How to enable AHCI in Windows 7 after installation as ATA
How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 7
No Internet Access Because of Invalid 0.0.0.0 Network
Turn Off Auto-Restart For Scheduled Automatic Updates
Add Telnet to Windows 7
Gadgets Not Loading or Missing from The Desktop
Unable to Print Multiple Copies
Offline (The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online)
The file AdobePDF.dll on Windows Vista CD-ROM is needed
Windows 7 XP Mode Without Hardware Virtualization
Windows 7 XP Mode: Creating a "Seamless" shortcut to an XP Mode Application
Create a Restore Point for Windows 7
Windows 7 Home Page
Links: Windows 7
Windows Tips Index
Computer Tips Index

 


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HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows

OS Windows 7, Windows Vista

According to Microsoft, "HyperTerminal is no longer part of Windows."

Purpose of HyperTerminal

HyperTerminal is a terminal emulation program that supports communications over TCP/IP networks, Modems, and serial COM ports.

I use HyperTerminal to connect, via the serial port, to the console port on Cisco switches and routers. This lets me do the initial configuration, like setting the IP address and subnet mask. Once the device has an IP address, I can then switch to using telnet to access it.

Where to find HyperTerminal

If you have access to a clean Windows XP computer, you can copy the HyperTerminal files from it and use them on Windows 7 without a problem.

Locations:

You can copy all of the above files to the same directory on your Windows 7 or Vista PC.

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Built-In Tools

OS Windows 7

Problem Steps Recorder (psr.exe)

Reliability Monitor

BCDEdit (Boot Configuration Data Editor)

 


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How to enable AHCI in Windows 7 after installation as ATA

OS Windows 7

To enable AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) after Windows 7 was installed with ATA mode, do the following:

Note: eSATA drives require SATA Operation in the BIOS be set to AHCI for proper eSATA operation.

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How to Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 7

OS Windows 7

Requirements

How to Make a Bootable USB Flash Drive Without Using the bootsect Command:

Command

Description

list disk

Use to identify the drive number of the USB flash drive.

select disk 1

Where the "1" is the corresponding number of your USB flash drive.

clean

Erase everything from the USB flash drive

create partition primary

 

select partition 1

 

active

Make the partition active/bootable

format fs=ntfs quick

Set up the file system as NTFS

assign

Gives the USB flash drive a drive letter, so that you can access it from Windows Explorer. The next available drive letter will be assigned.

Exit

Exit from DiskPart

 

Using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool to Create a Bootable Windows 7 USB Flash Drive

Note:

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No Internet Access Because of Invalid 0.0.0.0 Network

OS Windows 7

The Gateway IP address for the default route, 0.0.0.0, should be the IP address of the Default Gateway/router for your current network.

At a Command Prompt type the following command, then press the Enter key:

route print

If the Gateway IP address for the default route, 0.0.0.0, has the wrong IP address for your current network or says "On-link," then you will not have Internet access, because the proper default gateway/router isn't known by the PC.

Solution

At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:

route delete 0.0.0.0

If your system gets an invalid default route again, then there may be some contention for the network resources on startup with the Bonjour Service.

Cause:

Fix:

 


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Turn Off Auto-Restart For Scheduled Automatic Updates

OS

Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate

  1. Open a Command Prompt, (Run As Administrator)
  2. Type gpedit.msc then press the <enter> key
  3. Go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update
  4. Change the setting of "No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations"
  5. To "Enabled"
  6. Close the Local Group Policy Editor
  7. Reboot the computer

Copied from gpedit.msc

Specifies that to complete a scheduled installation, Automatic Updates will wait for the computer to be restarted by any user who is logged on, instead of causing the computer to restart automatically.

If the status is set to Enabled, Automatic Updates will not restart a computer automatically during a scheduled installation if a user is logged in to the computer. Instead, Automatic Updates will notify the user to restart the computer.

Be aware that the computer needs to be restarted for the updates to take effect.

If the status is set to Disabled or Not Configured, Automatic Updates will notify the user that the computer will automatically restart in 5 minutes to complete the installation.

Note: This policy applies only when Automatic Updates is configured to perform scheduled installations of updates. If the "Configure Automatic Updates" policy is disabled, this policy has no effect.

Registry Hack

  1. Open a Command Prompt
  2. Type regedit.exe and press <Enter>
  3. Navigate to the following key, creating new keys if they don't exist:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU
  4. Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers
  5. Set its value of 1
  6. Reboot the PC

Note: Windows 7 (Home Premium, Home Basic and Starter) don't come with Group Policy Editor, so you'll have to use the Registry Hack.

 


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Add Telnet to Windows 7

OS Windows 7

With Windows Vista and Windows 7, Telnet is not installed by default. To enable Telnet, do the following:

  1. Go to: Start > Control Panel > Programs
  2. Under "Programs And Features" select "Turn Windows features on or off"
  3. Tick "Telnet Client"
  4. Click the OK button

To start Telnet for with first time, open a Command Prompt and then type telnet.

After that, you can press the Windows key and type telnet in the search field.

 


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Gadgets Not Loading or Missing from The Desktop

OS Windows 7
  1. Use Task Manager to end the sidebar.exe process
  2. Right-click on the Desktop and select Gadgets from the Context Menu to restart sidebar.exe

Microsoft recommends disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets because of security concerns.

 


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Unable to Print Multiple Copies

OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Printer Lexmark T640
  1. Go to: Start Button > Devices and Printers
  2. Right-click on the printer and choose "Printing Preferences" from the context menu that pops up
  3. Click on the "Output Options" tab
  4. Change "Output to:" from "Verify Print" to "Printer"
  5. Click OK

Other Possible Fixes

(These did not work for me, but may work for others)

For HP Printers: Disable Mopier Mode

The HP printer option called Mopier Mode causes only 1 copy to be sent to the printer, then the printer uses its internal memory to print the multiple copies.  If the printer does not have enough internal memory, only one copy gets printed.

  1. Select Start, then Printers
  2. Right-click the LaserJet printer icon and select Properties
  3. Select the Device Settings tab
  4. Scroll down to the bottom
  5. Click on Mopier Mode, which is the last of the Installable Options
  6. Disable Mopier mode
  7. Click OK.

- or -

  1. Properties > Advanced > Print processor
  2. Select winprint for the print processor

- or -

  1. Open Control Panel > Devices and Printers
  2. Open "Printer Properties"
  3. Select the "Advanced" tab
  4. Unselect the "Print directly to printer" option and make sure "Printer Spooling" is enabled.

 


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Offline (The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online)

System Dell OptiPlex 760 Desktop
OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Issue

I replaced a drive that had Windows Vista Business 32-bit so that I could do a clean install of Windows 7 and still keep Vista just in case. After Windows 7 was fully installed, I hooked up the original hard drive using an Apricorn DriveWire USB Hard Drive Adapter. The Apricorn DriveWire was detected by Windows 7 but the hard drive did not show up in Windows Explorer. I then installed the original hard drive as a secondary SATA drive. Still no joy. I then checked Disk Management, and low and behold, the drive was listed but was "offline" with the following message:

Offline (The disk is offline because it has a signature collision with another disk that is online)

Solution

I right-clicked on the drive in Disk Management and choose online. I was then able to access the drive without any problems or conflicts.

 


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The file AdobePDF.dll on Windows Vista CD-ROM is needed

OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Application Adobe Creative Suite 3 (CS3) Web Premium

Issue

During the installation of Adobe CS3, a dialog box for Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional displays the following:

File needed
The file 'AdobePDF.dll' on Windows Vista CD-ROM is needed.

Solution

  1. On the Adobe CS3 DVD, copy AdobePDF.dll_64 from \Adobe CS3\payloads\AdobeAcrobat8en_US\Data1.cab to the hard drive.
  2. Rename AdobePDF.dll_64 to AdobePDF.dll
  3. Browse to AdobePDF.dll using the Adobe Acrobat 8 dialog box
  4. Continue the installation

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Windows 7 XP Mode without Hardware Virtualization

System Dell OptiPlex 760 Desktop
OS Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit

Update May 2010: The current versions of Windows XP Mode for Windows 7 no longer requires hardware virtualization.

Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC on Windows 7 requires a processor capable of hardware virtualization, with AMD-V, Intel VT or VIA VT turned on in the BIOS. Windows XP Mode is only available for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. It is not available for Windows 7 Home or Home Premium.

The Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7300 (3M Cache, 2.66 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) in Dell OptiPlex 760 does not have hardware virtualization.

Solutions

VMLite XP Mode offers similar functions as Microsoft Windows XP Mode, but doesn't require hardware virtualization.

VirtualBox is a x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product which is freely available as Open Source Software.

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Windows 7 XP Mode: Creating a "Seamless" shortcut to an XP Mode Application

OS Windows 7

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Create a Restore Point for Windows 7

OS Windows 7

I recommend that you create a restore point before you install applications and device drivers.

Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Click on the Start button and right-click on "Computer"
  2. Select "Properties" from the Context menu to get to the System area of Control Panel
  3. Click on the "System Protection" link on the left hand side to open the System Properties window
  4. Click on the "System Protection" tab to get to the System Restore section.
  5. Click the "Create" button to create a new restore point. You'll be prompted for a name. Give it a descriptive name that you'll be able to easily identify later if you need to restore
  6. Click the Create button to create the restore point

 


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